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tonight, there is an investigation out. one of the most popular politicians in maryland, led out of his home in handcuffs. tonight, prince george's county executive and his wife facing charges. alexalex demetrick is in greenbelt with the latest. >> reporter: just a few minutes ago, the judge announced the charges against p.g. county executive jack johnson and his wife leslie. each face two counts of violating federal law. the first count is tampering with a witness. the second count is destruction or falsification of evidence in a federal investigation. if convicted, these charges carry maximum punishments of 20 years in prison, and a $250,000 fine. johnson and his wife were taken into custody earlier today. we are still await thing -- awaiting confirmation. but there are reports that johnson has been the target of an investigation for the last two years. the fbi has searched their homes and johnson's office. more details are still unfolding upstairs in federal court.
and we'll bring them as soon as woo can. again, two counts of violating federal law for jack johnson and his wife, leslie johnson. he is just finishing up eight years and his wife was just elected to county council. >> we will continue to follow the jack johnson investigation. stay with wjz for the latest information. maryland's attorney general is taking action after a wjz report on the dangers of four loko, an alcoholic energy drink. wjz is live. mikemike hellgren is live with more on why friends and family of a young maryland woman blame it for her death. >> reporter: mary, she had had several cans of that drink, four loko. it is already banned in several states that we know of. and tonight, maryland's attorney general wants it out of our state, too. >> reporter: four loko is a cheap and potent mix of alcohol and caffeine that has already been banned after sickening people in several states. now, the heartbroken friends and family of 21-year-old
courtney spury want it off the shelves in maryland. they believe the drink is behind the crash on tuesday saying she had two of them and was out of control before taking the keys to a truck and crashed into a utility pole. >> she changed that night. she was not the same person. she could not remember people's names. she blacked out within 30 minutes of having the alcoholic beverage. >> four loko has the equivalent of four to five cans of beer. alt just three bucks each. if maryland attorney general dug gansler has his way. >> if it's accessible to people, the problem is people are getting hit and killed. >> the caffeine that is consumed with the alcohol will mask the effect of the alcohol to some degree. >> maryland college students say it's popular and easy to buy. >> i'm only doing it a little bit. but i got pretty tipsy. even just a couple of sips of
it. >> i blacked out. i don't remember much of the night. >> reporter: one little place you see there is 12% alcohol in this can. >> reporter: the manufacturer said in a statement, it will cooperate fully in an investigation. we recognize and embrace our responsibility as an alcoholic beverage company, to do all of these things and more, to make sure our products are marketed, sold, and consumed responsibly. >> reporter: and state police tell wjz tonight, they are still investigating courtney spury's death, and waiting toxicology tests to come back. reporting live, mike hellgren, wjz eyewitness news. >> new at 6:00, wjz goes in depth into the four loko controversy, investigating the impact of this drink and its dangers. an accused killer off the streets tonight. baltimore county police say they caught the man responsible for a deadly shooting. denise is in the newsroom with a break in the case. >> reporter: the victim spent his last moments, banging on the door of an apartment for help. when police arrived, he was dead from several gunshot wounds.
now, police say keon cunningham is responsible for killing adullo atimoto. he was found dead last friday outside the old road apartment complex, where cunningham lived. cunningham is charged with first-degree murder. >> he is being held at the baltimore county detention center. he was denied bail. a tour bus, returning from veterans day celebrations caught fire on i-395 last night. a veteran on board spotted smoke near the back of the bus. and alerted the 30 veterans on board. everyone escaped those flames. no one was hurt. crime nos no boundaries. -- knows no boundaries. and a car broken into their home north baltimore, wednesday night. >> reporter: police say a satellite radio system was stolen from kent blake's car. and he and mayor stephanie rawlings-blake were in their home in baltimore. the theft was not noticed,
until blake got into his car thursday morning and realized the equipment was missing. today, the mayor reacted. >> it was unfortunate. and my husband shared the frustrations that anyone would feel when something is stolen. >> reporter: the mayor's security team was outside her cold spring home at the time of the break-in. >> no threat to the mayor or to her family. the vehicle was parked out of site from the executive protection officers that secure the house. >> reporter: police say car break-ins are down this year by 9% in baltimore city. but they are up 6% in the northern district, where the mayor lives. >> we have been really trying to raise awareness on not leaving items in vehicles and things like that. they're easy targets. >> baltimore city police are now investigating the car break- in at the mayor's home. but so far, no arrests have been made. a late payday for baltimore county teachers. a computer glitch prevented teachers with direct deposits from getting their checks
tuesday. some are starting to get their money, but it could be monday before all are paid. ranks lose a game with just seconds left on the clock. sports director mark viviano has a look at the game and the wjz fan cam. >> the ravens experience the full range of emotion in the span of a minute on the game clock. the thrill of apparent victory. then the agony of actual defeat. the thrill is lost when the result is a loss. >> reporter: wide open. felon. >> the falcons rolled or the ravens in the first half, this missed tackle on atlanta's first touchdown, a sign of tough times. joe flacco was frustrated most of the first half. the ravens fell behind, 13-0. before a second-half rally that included three ravens touchdowns. flacco found todd heap to give them their first lead. 21-20, with about a minute to play. but the 40 seconds that
followed felt like an eternility. -- eternity. and a t.d. toss to roddy white. he goes 33 yards for the winner. a heartbreaker for the ravens. 26-21. >> that hurts when you're playing a good team like this. you have to play 60 minutes of good football. and we really came alive there at the end. but it wasn't enough. >> they made the plays at the end, but we didn't. it's a very difficult loss. but you know, with our defense, 50 seconds left, you figure you're going to stop them. and our guys fought hard. and we did an excellent job. >> tough outcome. what was the worst part for you? we asked that today with our wjz fan cam. >> what really upset me, a little bit, was the defense. and they run 80 yards in less than 40 seconds. and the ravens lost. >> really, what hurt them probably was the start. if they had started better, they would have put the game away. but coming off four days is really tough. keep the faith. i think they're going to the super bowl. >> and that's loyola basketball
coach jimmy patsos, a big ravens fan. a lot to pick apart in this game. first half, shut out. we'll have more officiating at 6:00. >> it is time to put the loss behind us and look ahead to next week's game against the pacters. you can see the ravens take on carolina, a week from sunday, november 21st, at 1:00, here on wjz 13. and clear and comfortable start to the weekend. lots of sunshine. another beautiful sunset out there right now. look at that sky. bob turk and meteorologist tim williams have your updated first warning forecast. almost hate to see the sun go down. beautiful days we have been having. dry, extremely dry air. and that allows temperatures to really drop at night and heat up in the daytime. we get up to 66 this afternoon. after morning low of 28, even colder in some suburban areas. right now, nothing going on, except this big area of high pressure, which means a great weekend, out to the west. that's where we have weather. and that won't get to us
probably until tuesday. tim has a look at the start of the weekend for us. right now. tim? >> this just continues. the high really is not going anywhere. we're under a very strong and dominant dome of high pressure. and that is really dominating the entire eastern sea board. we're looking at temperatures in the 60 to 70-degree range. as bob mentioned, it won't be until tuesday. until then, enjoy another fantastic weekend. the weather will cooment for any of -- will cooperate for any of your outdoor plans. back inside. >> tim, thank you. a search for answers. authorities don't know what caused that fire that stranded a carnival cruise. today, passengers from the splendor are checking out of hotels and making their way back home. john blackstone reports for wjz with their story. it was early monday morning, when the smell of smoke awoke many passengers. chris harlan had his camera going. >> where does that come from?
>> the passengers were told that in spite of the smoke, there was no fire. >> no fire. no fire, they said. just lots of smoke. >> everybody around was saying, there's just smoke, but no fire, huh? >> they tried to calm everybody down by saying it was a flameless fire. >> did anybody believe that? >> no. not at all. [ laughter ] >> soon, there was no denying the fire or the extent of the damage. the ship lost power, leaving passengers with little to do. >> we were bored. we were hungry. it wasn't even sunny, so we couldn't even lay out and get tan. >> reporter: and there were no fancy meals. >> we started eating peanut butter, which everyone was excited about. you don't know how much we love peanut butter. >> we didn't each know how much we loved peanut butter. >> reporter: many on board were celebrating special days like anniversaries and birthdays. ashley and jonathan were on their second honeymoon. >> so we'll have a honeymoon experience. >> what's the first thing you
want to get, in terms of food or a hot shower? >> i want a hot shower. >> reporter: as the ship was pulled toward san diego, the passengers had little idea what a big story their ill-fated cruise had become. >> good to be home. >> reporter: finally, on solid ground, they were greeted by a hoard of cameras and reporters, as well as family and friends. >> reporter: it is being towed to a dry dock for inspection. still ahead on wjz eyewitness news at 5:00. search for zara. a 10-year-old reported missing. the heartbreaking evidence police have found. the most important two miles of railroad on the east coast. and why the mayor needed to see it with her own two eyes. coming up next on eyewitness news. spent today in the third richest county. i'm weijia jiang. and we'll show you exactly what we're talking about next. the weekend is here. bob is updating your forecast. when i see people trying to sell and old camry, it
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a special honor for a maryland county. howard county is ranked the third richest county in the nation. weijia jiang spoke with people who live there, with the ranking. >> reporter: we spent the day here in howard county. and the people who live here say they certainly feel rich. but that sense of wealth has little to do with money. >> reporter: he can't think of a better place to raise his five-year-old. >> this place is a plethora of opportunities for such a wide range of background. there's government contractors, government agencies. it's like shooting fish in a barrel. >> reporter: it's not just the number of jobs here that is making national headlines. it's how much they pay. the survey ranked howard count
the third richest in the country. 30% of its population earns six figures. >> i can tell how people shop. and how people go out to eat all the time. >> great. that's good for us. it just keeps bringing people here. >> reporter: the county executive says this is the fourth year howard has earned the ranking. and he's not surprised. >> we have the highest percentage. or people in the top five of post graduate degrees or graduate degrees in the country. with the high level of entertainment comes jobs. >> a strong school system. and low crime rates as the best benefits of living in a wealthy area. nearby montgomery, calvert and charles county, ranked 6th, 9th, and tenth, respectively. loudoun and fairfax, virginia, took the top two spots. >> reporter: also ranked howard county the second best place in america toive -- to live. weijia jiang, wjz eyewitness news. >> not only is a rich and great
place to live. howard county is also ranked the healthiest county in maryland. if you're waiting for someone to get home from work, let's check on the roads with sharon gibala at traffic control. getting home this afternoon could take a while. we have so many accidents to talk about and delays. latest one, 50 eastbound. a deer struck there. an accident working on 40 eastbound. another at old joppa in bel air. another at bel air road. and too many accidents to mention in the city. some of them include west north avenue at pennsylvania avenue. north highland at east baltimore. and east biddle at north broadway. and a bunch of accidents in anne arundel county to riddell road at route 3. richie highway. and row boulevard at route 50. 95 southbound, slow. 195 to 32. 11 minutes there. 95 northbound still slow, eastern avenue to the beltway. six minutes there. significant delays on the beltway as well. 29 miles per hour on the top
and west side outer loops. and take a look at this delay, on 70. typical, but it is stop and go, from approaching 29 to marriottsville road. there is another live look outside at the top side of the beltway. and it is not looking pretty either. this traffic report is brought to you by hh greg. hh greg has over 100 flat-panel tvs. watch the most exciting games of the year on tv, from hh greg. hh greg, price and advice. back to you. tunnel concerns. for nine years, the city has been asking csx to make its underground tunnel in downtown baltimore safer. the mayor got a look at what has been promised and what has been done. the rail tunnel runs from the stadiums, under howard street, up to mount vernon. nine years ago, a derailment starts a fire that burns for five days and starts a huge water main break. east coast rail traffic is snarled. and it's then that our city learns about the dragon,
waiting to erupt under its streets. since then, many calls for improvement. and after a minor derailment in august, a plan from csx. five miles of rail have been replaced and will continue to be replaced every 10 years. twice as often as normal. instead of each quarter, the tunnel will get a computerized inspection each month. csx will make a walking inspection each week and will improve drainage. >> by replacing the rail. putting the new pumping system in. and the more frequent inspections, we feel confident we can prevent any safety issues in the howard street tunnel. >> reporter: today, the mayor was taken on a tour, to point out what the rail line is doing. it was her first time inside. >> i think it was important for me to lay myies -- my eyes on this crucial corridor. >> going above and beyond what is required by law is one way to help us make sure that it's safe. >> reporter: in north baltimore, mike schuh, wjz eyewitness news. back to you now on tv hill.
>> mike. thank you. the fire department and the railroad are collaborating on a new communications system. so in an emergency, everyone can talk with each other while underground. >> let's take a look at this. it's been such a nice week. 60 degrees now. and the humidity is so low, at 19%. dew point, very dry air. 18 degrees. winds dead calm right now. the barometer holding steady. come back and take a look at a very nice november weekend after this. ,,,,,,,,,, ♪
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all right. what a night. just beautiful. wonderful temperature. and beautiful colors. >> the weather this week has been so spectacular. really. i mean, just delightful. warm afters, relative -- afternoons, relatively speaking. very chilly mornings. at night, the temperatures really fall. last night, many spots, except downtown, were in the mid- to upper 20s for the heavy frost. and the sun came out. and we got up to 66 degrees. most places, at least low to
midict midict 60 -- mid-60s after a frosty start. very common condition conditions they have out west. like nevada and utah. 67 degrees now. it's dropped a little bit. dew points still way down. next hour, it will probably drop 8 or 10 degrees quickly. 58 in washington. ocean city at 50. the warm spot right now, easton at 63. once again, the dew point extremely low. about three days ago, the dew point was 41. a lot more moisture in the air. it's very dry now. that means temperatures will tumble again tonight. look at this. 66, after a morning low of 20. it's hard to know even what to wear these kind of days. chilly, frosty in the morning. and nice and pleasant in the afternoon. with very little wind. 58 and 36, the averages. and records, 78. and way back in 1807. that's when we started keeping regions in this area by the way. -- records in this region, by the way.
and winds are almost completely dead calm. which is why the temperatures will drop almost completely tonight. we picked up in intensity this afternoon. to the west, a little snow in portions of new mexico. and a little slow across northern wisconsin, a little minnesota. just cold enough up there. ahead of it, however, the warm air continues to flow in from the gulf of mexico. so we still have mild air to contend with the next couple of days, as this high kind of slips down to the south. we'll see pleasant conditions. up to the north, a little cooler. out to the west, a little cooler. but along this front, we'll start seeing a low pressure develop by monday. that means on tuesday, we expect this rain to develop across the region. so until then, more beautiful weather. great weekend. northeast winds, 5 to 10 knots. the bay temp, 54 degrees. sunrise, 6:48. sets, yeah. already down there at 4:54. tonight, clear, cold, frosty,
with very light winds. just around 30. in the city, a lot warmer. probably low 40s. sunny, beautiful back up in the mid-60s. a great start to a really nice november weekend once again. now, last weekend, we were only around 50. this weekend, at 16 degrees warmer. so it will be just as sunny, but a lot warmer. >> we will enjoy that. >> thank you very much. still ahead at 5:00. silly band concerns. a parent shares her child's scare with the popular bracelets. a bigger, better arena. why the city has renewed its efforts to build a bigger one. i'm gigi barnett at the first mariner arena. that story is coming up. making mail easier. the post office, proposing the big change for your holiday greeting cards. ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
it's 5:28. 68 degrees and clear. good evening. thank you for staying with eyewitness news. here are some of the stories people are talking about tonight. the breaking news wjz has been following all evening. a powerful maryland politician and his wife, are indicted in a federal case. alex demetrick has an update on county executive jack johnson from greenbelt. >> reporter: yeah. developments are developing. just a few minutes ago, prince george's county executive, jack johnson and his wife leslie, each pled not guilty to violating federal law. count 2, destroying evidence in a federal investigation.
these charges carry up to 20 years in prison if convicted and a $250,000 fine. even so, the judge did not set bail. instead, both will be released on their own recognizance, with jack johnson receiving somewhat stricter rules than his wife. under the terms of release, he must be under home arrest, and wear an electronic bracelet and monitoring. he will be free to go to work and medical appointments and whatnot. coming on the heels of a discovery in court a few minutes ago, that when the court were arrested, the fbi found $80,000 in cash. that money was in the house. and it was also on mrs. johnson's person. and again, we're getting more details. we'll get a lot more when the affidavit is unsealed in a few minutes. back to you. >> alex demetrick, wanting -- report lookive from greenbelt, prince george's county. we'll have a live update next
at 6:00. the on again, off again talks of building a new arena in baltimore are back on. but this time, the venue could be in a completely new location. so what does that mean? for first mariner arena? wjz is there. gigi barnett is there to break down the plans. >> reporter: the city does want that new arena. one with 18,000 18,000 seats. a brand new stage and better equipment. it was on hold for a while, until now. >> reporter: bruce springsteen has played here. the rolling stones have, too. and next summer, r&b song ster sade comes to town. but they'll have to deal with a small bathroom and a building that is 50 years old. >> imagine what we could do with a new building. >> reporter: that's yet city has renewed efforts to renew the building. the question now is where to build. frank runs the arena. and he says a new building will continue to attract bigger
names and help charm city compete with larger cities. but only if it's near the downtown area. >> the nice nuances that makes it more conducive for events. easier to get in and out of. more parking. >> it's time to put out a bigger net. and look again at what are possible sites, the pluses and the minuses. >> reporter: jay brodie runs the development corporation, which oversees the development project. he says one idea to tear it down and build a new one in the existing spot won't work. because that could put the entertainment on hold for several years. >> reporter: and the arena is doing well, even though it has to compete with cities like d.c., as well as philadelphia. now, coming up at 6:00, the baltimore development corporation says tearing this down and building anew will harm, actually harm its entertainment business.
back to you. >> the arena was built back in 1962. jfk has visited. the beatles, beyonce and michael jackson as well. anne arundel county police are looking for two. it happened in west meadow road. the victim told police, two men attacked him. took his car and fled in his light blue jetta. anyone with information about the robberies is asked to contact police. a man included in a three- state spree will stand trial. elias abazulam. a michigan judge has ordered him to stand trial for one of those stabbings. the victim told authorities he was stabbed back in july, while helping the suspect with car trouble. taking down gangs. law enforcement takes another swipe at gang violence, using federal money and state oversight. political reporter pat warren explains, the grants might be given to communities you might not ordinarily think.
>> reporter: marking their territory. gang members thumb their noses at the law-abiding. like darrell get. getz. >> that means crip killer, slash is the insult thing, we're going to get you. >> reporter: and including harford county, where he was murdered. in an effort to warn them, the state has awarded five jurisdictions. >> our goal is to prevent these people from turning to criminals. i can't tell you how many times i watch someone in their 20s and 30s who are being sent away to federal prison for life in some cases. and you ask yourself, what if you go back in time 10 or 15 years? as well something -- is there something we could do to send this in the right direction. >> it's what michelle getz would pray. >> we pray god would use him and use him mightily for his glory. >> there are gangs.
they are committing crimes. and again, they are being investigated by the various police agencies. >> reporter: gang activity is a continuing concern here in frederick county. they became the first to prosecute under the state's new anti-gang laws. reporting from frederick, i'm pat warren. now, back to you on television hill. the governor's office on crimes control also distributed grants to police officers in prince george's county. a heartbreaking end in the search for a missing north carolina girl. just a short time ago. police say they believed they have found her body. vic is in the newsroom with the unfolding developments for us. >> police in hickory, north carolina, are fairly confident they have found 10-year-old zara baker's remains. she was reported missing more than a month ago. dna matched zara. the child had bone cancer and had a prossetic leg and hearing aids. the girl's mother has been
charged with obstruction of justice after police say she wrote a bogus ransom note at the home. >> police say they have had a hard time hearing anyone outside of zara's family saying they had seen zara alive in the weeks before disappearance. 34-year-old tina herman was reported wednesday. that's when police realized, several were unaccounted for. herman's truck was found at a nearby college campus yesterday. police are talking to her ex- husband, but are not calling him a suspect. the supreme court is still refusing to get into the controversy over the military's don't ask, don't tell policy. the court denied a request from the gay rights group to review the matter. last month, a federal judge ruled the policy violates the civil rights of gay americans. but an appeals court said the policy will remain in effect while it reviews the case. facing the consequence. the man convicted of hacking
sarah palin's e-mail account could spend in -- some time in prison. a judge sentenced david cornell to one year and a day to hacking the former governor's account. he figured out answers to security questions to gain access to palin's private e- mail. they recommended that he serve time, one year and a day in a halfway house. but is that decision -- that decision will be made by the bureau of prisons. president obama is wrapping up his trip. but it hasn't gone as smoothly as the white house had hoped. as the president faces pressures overseas and here at home. >> reporter: while g20 leaders toasted what they called a successful summit, president obama left south korea with little to celebrate. he failed to strike a deal with the south koreans on a free trade agreement that has been delayed for years. do we have a deal that works for us? that's my first obligation. >> and the president had no
luck convincing world leaders to put more pressure on china, over its undervalued currency. after the setbacks in south korea, reporters traveling with the president asked him if he had been hurt by the punishment his party took in the midterm elections. >> the answer to the second question is no. >> reporter: things won't get any easier when the president gets back here to the white house. next week, he'll sit down with congress's newly-empowered republicans to talk tax cuts. >> reporter: while the president wants to let the bush era cuts expire for taxpayers making more than $200,000, gop leaders are pushing to extend the cuts for everyone. >> i think extending all of the current tax rates and making them permanent, will reduce the uncertainty in america and help small businesses begin to create jobs again. >> my hope that somewhere in between there, we can find some sort of solution. but i'm not going to negotiate here in seoul. my job is to negotiate back in
washington. >> reporter: when the talks do begin, there won't be much time to negotiate if no deal is reached by the end of next month. everyone's taxes will go up. joel brown, cbs news, the white house. president obama is due back in washington on sunday, the same day newly-elected members of congress, may be of -- many of them republican, will be arriving in the nation's capital. it could soon be easier to send holiday and birthday cards to loved ones. the postal service wants to let greeting card companies preprint postage on the envelopes they include with their cards. wouldn't that be nice? the plan would generate revenue for the postal service because the card companies would pay half of the postage up front and half when it is mailed. what officials are doing to try to make a slots casino in the city a reality. learn how to create easy but elegant table settings for
the holidays. and coverage for the big play-off weekend for the big high school sports teams. for this and more, read the baltimore sun. still ahead on eyewitness news. dramatic rescue. what led to the scene on a chinese cargo ship? trouble focusing? you are not alone. some new details about wandering minds tonight in healthwatch. i'm bob turk. the first warning weather center. more pleasant fall weather for the weekend. i'll have the exclusive first warning five-day forecast. here's today's report from wall street. copd makes it hard,,,,, for me to breathe.
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five days? cooler temperatures mean that we'll only be closer to normal, which will be in the upper 50s. so we really don't drop off very much after the rain monday 60 monday with increased clouds. temperatures stay around 60 degrees. now, for your energy saver tip of the day. it addresses insulation. insulate or increase the amount of insulation in your attic, basement or walls. also, cover the through-the- call air conditioners. for more information on how you can become an energy saver. log onto wjz.com. and click on our special section on the home page. three men in china, rescued from a sinking cargo ship. and it is all caught on tape. take a look. as this man is nearly washed away by the waves managing to narrowly escape, with the help of rescuers. japanese officials say they found the body of another man washed up on a nearby island. several other chinese sailors
disappeared with the sinking cargo ship. investigators still don't know what caused the ship to sink. scare in the sky. it's happened again. a plane forced to make an emergency landing after being struck by birds. this time, it is a flight from philadelphia to pittsburgh. jessica kartalija has more on what happened and the similarities to another near disaster. grrr... >> that's the easiest way to describe it. >> reporter: that's how passengers aboard the flight bound for pittsburgh described the noise they heard just after taking off from philadelphia international airport thursday afternoon. >> i was thinking maybe i was going to die. >> until we got probably five minutes into the air. and there was a loud noise. and then we were told we were going to turn around and come back. >> does seem routine. he told us everything was fine. precautionary. he was going to circle back around. >> u.s. airways spokesman derek hannah says the crew decided to return because a bird may have hit the engine.
the airbus a320 was the same model of plane involved in the miracle on the hudson bird strike incident. >> well, we were glad he did a sully. it was pretty terrific. but there was no panic. there was no -- by the pilots or the crew. they just did a beautiful job. >> the five crewmembers and 140 passengers were flown on a different aircraft. it landed safely at pittsburgh international around 7:00 in the evening. >> i'm glad. i've been awake since 3:00 a.m., san diego time. so i'm glad it's over. >> reporter: that was jessica kartalija reporting. one person suffered two broken legs, but there were no other reports of injuries when the american airlines plane landed on the hudson river. the latest trend among children is causing concern among doctors. children across the nation are wearing silly bands. but health officials say they can cause swelling and discomfort, if kids wear them too long. 13 families had filed complaints so far.
including 8-year-old chris palmier's parents. >> it was like a freak show or something. it was five times bigger than his other hand. and the doctor said to come in four days later. >> health officials say never let the child wear them to bed. in worst cases, the child could lose a finger or a hand. you could be sitting on a jackpot. a brother and sister become millionaires overnight after collecting on an antique had that had been collecting dust. >> tonight, ladies and gentlemen, it's $43 -- 43 million pounds. sold. >> reporter: the auctioneer's gavel came down and smashed records. the 18th century chinese vase from the chen long dynasty,
fetched $83 million after the british auctioneer's cuts, 40 times more than the auction house estimated. >> and the more i looked at it, the better it became. so that was the point at which i said, if this is real, we're into millions. >> reporter: but nobody was more shocked than the brother and sister who brought it to the tiny english auction house. they found it while clearing out their parents' home recently, after they died. the vase sat on a shelf, gathering dust for years. nobody had any idea what it was worth. >> it's the most expensive chinese work that has ever been sold. the previous record was for an 11th century scroll, which was 37 million. >> and that's only about $50 million. they say it probably sat in the chinese royal palacy in -- palace in the 1700s. nobody is sure how it ended up in a british auction. it's a fairy tale really. the high price reflected the
increase buying power in china. a chinese businessman bought the vase. charlie d'agata, cbs news, london. >> it is beautiful. the identities of the siblings are being kept secret. but we're told the first thing they did after the $83 million sale is have a spot of tea. only thing my house is gathering is dust. chapman was deported for trying to expose top government information. she has opened a high-end boutique in moscow. she's also been featured on the cover of maxim magazine. and named one of the 100 sexiest women of the world. check in for eyewitness news at 6:00. denise is standing by with a preview for us. one of maryland's most powerful politicians, taken from his home in handcuffs. a look at the charges he's facing. and the dangerous drink.
the changes being made after wjz exposed the potentially deadly side effects. check in for these stories and all of the day's breaking news. now, back to mary and kai. denise, thank you. it is not even thanksgiving. but it is beginning to look a lot like christmas in new york. >> that's right. the christmas tree is already up in rockefeller center. >> the 74-foot norway spruce was hoisted this afternoon, with temperatures in the 50s. this week's tree comes from the home of a firefighter who responded to the attack on 9/11. it will be lit on november 30th. look at that. >> so is an occasion when they get that tree up. >> and all of the decorations. all of the lights. amazing. >> beautiful. still to come tonight on wjz eyewitness news. junk food diet. one man eats nothing but candy and potato chips. >> how did he lose weight? ♪golden morning family's smiling♪ ♪gonna be a special day anncr: for the perfect start to the perfect day,
>> reporter: it's called whooping cough. because of this. the long cough and then the whoop that follows. [ children coughing ] >> reporter: health officials are warning everyone to get vaccinated against the disease, especially older adults. but a new study is questioning that. >> blanket vax seen -- vaccines may not be effective. >> reporter: they analyzed data to figure out how whooping cough spread. they figured the children are more likely to catch the whooping cough from another child, not an adult. >> reporter: although we realized kid his contact with other kids, we didn't realize how intense that contact is. >> reporter: so far this year, health officials in california have dealt with almost 6500 cases of whooping cough and 10 infant deaths. >> reporter: children under 1 year old cannot be vaccinated.
and they're the most susceptible to whooping cough. and of those who can get vaccinated, 10 percent of parents don't do it. >> if you can get parents to vaccinate it, we can control this disease. >> reporter: researchers say we should make all children get the shot. >> reporter: there were 200 new cases of whooping cough in california this week alone. also in health watch, new research into what you're thinking when you're awake. at least half of the time, you're thinking about something other than what you're doing. the study found that people are happiest when they are exercising or engaging in conversation. an expert stays he lost 10 pounds on a junk food diet. he didn't want to have others follow him. he just wanted to prove that the key was lower colorric -- calor icintake. snps okay -- >> i don't know about that.
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i'm mary bubala. the story next on eyewitness news. i spent the day in the third richest county in maryland. i'm weijia jiang. i'll show you exactly what we're talking about next. and before you make your weekend plans. the first warning weather team will let you know if you need to wear a jacket when you head out. check in for these stories and all the day's breaking news. >> wjz alt 6:00 starts now. hauled away in handcuffs. one of maryland's most powerful politicians, under arrest. >> the charges the prince george's county executive faces. and the reason the feds moved in so quickly. >> hello, everybody. i'm denise koch. >> and i'm vic